Breaking: US backed Syrian Democratic Forces enter IS-held Tabqa

TABQA – The US-backed Kurdish-Arab majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have entered the city centre of Tabqa city in northern Syria.

According to local news agencies, fighters of the group entered the Islamic State (IS) held city at approximately 8:30 from the west and the east. The operation to storm the small city 55km west of Raqqa was launched at midnight.

Reports say 10 jihadist militants were killed while 2 SDF fighters were injured in clashes. A civilian was killed in a mine explosion in the Eyid Saxira village in the west of the city.

Clashes are ongoing with the US-led coalition providing air support.